SubscribeStar Saturday: Yemassee Shrimp Festival 2019

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Last weekend my girlfriend and I kicked off an ad hoc autumnal tour of various festivals around the State of South Carolina with a trip to Yemassee, South Carolina, for the annual Yemassee Shrimp Festival.  Readers will recall our visit to Aiken’s Makin’ in my hometown of Aiken, South Carolina, earlier in the month.  That visit got us thinking about other fall festivals we could attend.

I stumbled upon the Shrimp Festival while researching the Yemasee War (note the single “S” in the tribal name; I’m not sure when the town decided to add the second), a brutal Indian war in which various tribes banded together to wipe out the Carolina colony.  The conflict lasted from 1715-1717, and the tide only turned for the colonists after the Cherokee Indians joined forces with the Carolinians in order to defeat their ancient enemy, the Creeks.

In reading about that unfortunate, disruptive colonial war, I came across the Shrimp Festival.  I love small-town boosterism, and these little festivals bring a good bit of money into rural communities.

More importantly, they’re just plain fun.  Where else can you eat curly fries hand-cut from a gigantic spud and fried fresh to order, or see a chihuahua dressed as a taco, complete with sombrero?  Yes, both of those were just part of the fun at the Yemassee Shrimp Festival.

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